About Topical Chemotherapy
When skin cancer is identified in the early stages, you'll typically have more treatment options. One treatment for non-melanoma cancer in the upper layers of skin is topical chemotherapy. A cream that can be applied at home, topical chemotherapy treatments might be prescribed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson if you have actinic keratosis (precancerous skin lesion), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). To learn more about topical chemotherapy and other skin cancer treatments at Fort Lauderdale Dermatology, contact our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
"I’ve seen Dr. Wilkerson three times now and have never felt like it’s been a rushed visit like other dermatologists I’ve been to. He’s been able to drastically improve skin issues that I’ve dealt with for years. Very clean and professional practice."- M.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"Dr Wilkerson was referred to me by my primary care physician and I am very thankful he was. After being in a trauma accident sustaining multiple wounds, I encountered a rash and irritation around them. I could not afford to get any infection while healing all my injuries. Dr Wilkerson and his assistant Jackie were friendly and gentle. They asked many questions and thoroughly examined the injury site. The doctor’s level of care was exceptional and he took his time to answer all my questions patiently. His treatment plan ‘cured’ my issue and I look forward to my follow up appointment. Jackie was courteous and gracious enough to call me a week after my appointment to follow up and see how I was feeling and how my recovery was progressing."- S.D. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"Each time I visit the offices of Ft. Lauderdale, I feel compelled to write a great review. Once is never enough. Dr. Wilkerson and his Medical Assistant, Jackie provide the most caring, thoughtful and most important, knowledgeable treatment one could want. The office is clean, the doctor is very well trained and as a bonus, one never gets the feeling of being rushed. I wish all the other doctors I have seen over the years, dermatologist or not were as caring and just plain nice. And as a bonus, even in these terrible Covid times Jackie has been known to provide a glass of water or a cup of coffee, unheard of in most physician's offices today Once again, if I could give them more than five stars, I would double them."- J.F. / Google / May 18, 2021
"Great Dermatology office! Not only were they prompt with contacting me after my initial appointment request, ( unlike multiple other places that I have STILL yet to hear back from ) they got me in within a couple weeks, all through e-mail and texts, which is always my preferred method of contact. Dr. Wilkerson was very nice, calming and informative during my skin cancer screening and I'm glad my PCP suggested this office. Will definitely be recommending to family and friends in the future if the need arises."- T.S. / Google / May 12, 2021
"Great Doctor, great assistant. In my unfortunately many years of treatment for skin cancers I have seen several doctors, some good, some not so."- J.H. / Facebook / Apr 27, 2021
Topical chemotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment that destroys precancerous and cancerous cells in the top layer of the skin. You may be a candidate for topical chemotherapy if you are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or actinic keratosis. Topical chemotherapy avoids scars from surgery and limits the exposure of the chemotherapy so the treatment does not lead to side effects in your whole body. Topical chemotherapy is not recommended if you have a more aggressive form of skin cancer or if the cancer has spread beyond the upper skin layers.
You will apply your topical chemotherapy treatment on your own in the privacy of your home. The cream is usually applied one or two times per day for several weeks. You should expect the treatment area to appear raw, and you may feel some discomfort as the medicine destroys cancerous and precancerous cells on the skin. You will have to return periodically to our office for follow-up appointments with Dr. Wilkerson. He will assess your treatment, look for any signs of concern or reactions, and adjust your treatment as needed. During these follow-up visits, Dr. Wilkerson will also be able to estimate the remaining length of your treatment.
What to Expect
You will need to be sure you are caring for your skin during and after your topical chemotherapy treatment. Certain moisturizers, such as those made with petroleum jelly, can be helpful to soothe your skin. Once your treatment is finished, Dr. Wilkerson will give you recommendations on how to help your skin recover. You should be vigilant about using sun protection after your treatment to avoid a recurrence of cancer.
A New Way to Treat Cancer
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer in the top layers of your skin, learn more about topical chemotherapy treatments at Fort Lauderdale Dermatology. Seasoned dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson might treat your skin with medicated cream that you'll use at home. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilkerson at his office in Fort Lauderdale, FL to decide if topical chemotherapy is right for you.